Ellen M. Silva

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Playful foxes ring around the crown of this hat, making everyone who sees them happy. Worked in a DK or worsted weight yarn, the hat goes quickly despite the complexity of the designs. You’ll find you can’t wait to see those little faces appear or to see the look on the face of the recipient!
Crochet: Cowl, Headband
Named for the yarn that inspired it and the funky fun it is to make, this chunky cowl will work up wonderfully in any super-bulky yarn. Choose brilliant colors that make a statement, because this cowl certainly does! Worked in Tunisian crochet in-the-round, you’ll have a cowl in no time. The headband option works up even faster you can crank ou...
Knitting: Cowl
When you’re making a list of gifts to knit for friends, family or charity, no need to check it twice for quick projects if you have this design in your queue. Worked in a squishy, Aran-weight yarn, this handsome cowl will delight men and women alike with a design that is simple (and fast!) to knit.
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
The view of the water from the iconic aerial lift bridge that spans the Duluth Ship Canal is lovely. With a cheerful dishcloth bearing an image of the bridge, perhaps the view of dishwater from your kitchen will be more pleasant! The lift bridge in Duluth can be raised in about a minute. It will take you longer to knit up this cloth, but not by...
Knitting: Cowl
The lotus blossom symbolized the sun to ancient Egyptians; when the lotus flower stitch pattern is knit into a cowl using luxuriously soft yarn spun from cria fiber, the first shearing of a baby alpaca, the result is as warm as sunshine. A fingering-weight merino/cashmere/nylon blend gives indulgent results for those who don’t have access to cr...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
In stranded knitting, the relative position of the carried floats creates a phenomenon of yarn dominance. You can use that phenomenon, dominate it, if you will, to create magical striping without changing yarns. Enjoy knitting this simple, yet intriguing, hat as you learn the ins and outs of this technique.
Knitting: Ankle Sock
This pattern is exclusive to The ModeKnit Yarn Sock Club until August 1. 2016.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Simple cables decorate a simply sweet hat as they join at the crown in a decorative fashion.
Knitting: Cardigan
This sweet baby sweater is designed for simple charm whether worn as a cardigan or with buttons in the back for ease of dressing baby.
Crochet: Cowl
If you’ve bought the Paving Mitts pattern already, you’ll automatically get $1 off the Cowl. And if you don’t already have the Mitts, buy both for just $5, again, automatically deducted at check out.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Errata: Heel flap should end after Row 1, not Row 2, of the 2-row repeat. You may choose to end a row earlier than the pattern states or a row later; either will work.
Crochet: Fingerless Gloves
If you’ve bought the Paving Cowl pattern already, you’ll automatically get $1 off the Mitts. And if you don’t already have the Cowl, buy both for just $5, again, automatically deducted at check out.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Whether you want to use up a bit of yarn leftover from knitting a hat for someone larger or you want a quick baby gift that almost knits itself, this simple stockinette beanie with wide-ribbed edge and a simple to execute 4-point decrease will be as fun to knit as it is to give.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque, Brimmed Hat
This hat is posted free in celebration of the Warm Hats Not Hot Heads project. If you would be so kind as to click the link and learn a bit about the project should you decide to download it, I would be so appreciative!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Use up your leftover sock yarn by knitting a preemie cap for donation to a local hospital. The Tree of Life design is especially suited for this purpose.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A very fast knit - literally overnight and with a good night’s sleep, at that. The thick/thin nature of the yarn creates an interesting texture.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The pattern includes asymmetric thumb gussets for better fit and uses the technique of stripey knitting. Can be knit in one color, but with two colors the simple technique adds a lot of punch. Whichever color is used for the ribbing will have very little yarn leftover, but one skein of each color should be sufficient.
Knitting: Balaclava
Note: I have been informed that helmetliners are no longer being accepted by CSAM because the standard issue liner has been improved. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still give a helmetliner to your favorite member of the military, or someone you love who spends time in the cold outdoors.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
A new version of this pattern was published March 7, 2015. If you have the (c)2008 pattern, please get the corrected download and save yourself some heartache - the new pattern is much improved with both corrections of errata and improved descriptions of techniques.